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Jamelle McConnell-Brown

Jamelle McConnell-Brown (KS '07)


Sumner Academy of Arts and Science
Kansas City, KS

At the time of the Award, Jamelle McConnell-Brown was:

Sumner Academy of Arts and Science
Kansas City, KS

Subject(s) taught: Speech Communication
Grade(s): 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

High school speech and debate teacher Jamelle Brown teaches students how to speak, compete and succeed at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science in Kansas City, KS. Her high standards, outstanding instruction and leadership as a debate and forensics teacher and coach has not only led to consistently high performance at local, state and national speech competitions, but has also fueled students' interest and improved their academic achievement in a variety of other subjects. In 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 the Forensics Team won first place at the Kansas 4A State Championship Tournament, with over 20 state qualifiers on the team, several of whom went on to national competition. In addition to teaching debate and forensics, Brown also teaches a class in Professional Life Skills, in which students develop resumes and a college planning portfolio and participate in mock job interviews conducted by Brown and her fellow teachers. Brown is also very active in the KCK-NEA and serves on the KCK teacher negotiations committee.

Additional Information


National Speech & Debate Association, Two-Diamond Coach

KS Speech Communication Secondary Teacher of the Year - 2014

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Educator Award

KS Heart of the Arts Award - 2014

KCKPS Secondary Teacher of the Year - 2007


Emporia Sate University, B.S.E

Rockhurst University, Masters of Integrated Humanities & Education